Executive

Debra Cerasa

Chief Executive Officer

Debra is an experienced CEO who has worked in both the public and not for profit sectors across a diverse range of businesses, including member-based organisations, working with people to lobby and advocate to achieve results. Debra has a reputation as a transformational leader who is invested in working with people to encourage them to be the best version of themselves. Recognised for her passion, energy and commitment to support individuals which stems from a career grounded as a health professional transitioning through clinical, education, management and leadership roles.

Deb provides leadership to Jobs Australia and works closely with the entire team who are committed to providing ongoing support, evidence-based advice and excellent service to our members.

Nicole Steers

Chief Operating Officer

Nicole joined the Executive Team in early 2019 bringing years of experience in the Health and Community Services sector to Jobs Australia. As the Chief Operating Officer Nicole is committed to ensuring the Jobs Australia team always has Members at the centre of everything we do. Nicole is proud to be leading a team that is informed, knowledgeable, passionate and committed to providing an exceptional service to the membership.  

Nicole will ensure the business continues to grow, with the suite of services on offer constantly expanding and a nimble and responsive approach provided to the ever changing environment of our Members. Nicole hopes to meet as many Members as possible via visits, phone catch ups or at one of our upcoming events.

Ernst Ferreira

Corporate Services Officer

Ernst is an internationally experienced senior finance and corporate services leader with diverse experience across commercial, public and Not for Profit sectors.

Ernst has a Bachelors in Commerce, Diploma in “Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management and Certificate IV in Property Services (Real Estate) CPP40307

Ernst has completed more than 3 years of external audit internship with PWC and more than 11 years of experience in external and internal audits. Working in senior executive roles for more than 21 years, mostly as CFO orchestrated large system implementations, organisation turnarounds and mergers. Assisted various organisation with the successful implementation of Internal Audit, Risk Management, Process reengineering and Good Governance. Ernst has a strong focus on continuous improvement, achieving success through applying his breadth of technical expertise, building inspired teams and working collaboratively at all levels in an organisation. Ernst is passionate about equality and employment creation and assisted in large successful job creation schemes in South Africa that received State Presidential recommendation.  Ernst is a Members of the Institute of Public Accountant (IPA Australia) and is currently Corporate Services Officer with Jobs Australia managing finance, corporate services, risk management and the blanket cover insurance program.

Policy and Advocacy

Richard Butler

Policy Analyst

Richard joined the Jobs Australia team in 2020. Richard previously led the Marra Worra Worra Aboriginal Corporations CDP Program and in 2 years progressed the program to be one of the national benchmarks in best practice and overall CDP contract performance. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Karrayili Adult Education Centre, and has considerable RTO management experience. 

Membership and Marketing

Emma Hall

Membership & Marketing Team Leader

Emma joined the Membership and Marketing Team in early 2019 and has been instrumental in adapting and changing the delivery of Membership and Marketing at Jobs Australia. Emma has a passion for creating member-centric events and communications and is instrumental when it comes to the planning and implementation of these areas. Heading up the Membership and Marketing Team, Emma takes great pride in working closely with the team to ensure Jobs Australia Members are well-informed and heard. As a conduit between Jobs Australia and Members, you’ll no doubt meet Emma at one of our many events or training programs, or for a more personalised visit when doing Member visits.

Brit Steers

Membership, Marketing & Events Officer

In August 2019 Brit joined the Membership and Marketing team at Jobs Australia. Brit has a background in marketing and has worked in the not for profit space for some years. Since commencing with Jobs Australia, Brit has worked on the CDP forum, the mental health forum, membership engagement, the JA Conference and now moving into the virtual event space.

Workplace Relations

Margaret Balsillie

Workplace Relations Team Leader

Meagan Tucker

Workplace Relations Officer

Finance and Administration

Patricia Reardon

Board Secretariat

Trish joined Jobs Australia in late 2018 in a part time capacity to support the Board of Directors’ secretariat function. Working closely with the members’ elected state representatives on the Board and the executive leadership team at Jobs Australia, Trish’s role is integral in maintaining the Board’s governance and compliance requirements. Whilst Trish’s work is very much in the background, she applies the Jobs Australia values of Integrity, Proactivity, Respect, Leadership and Progress to all the work she does in support of the Board of Directors and the Jobs Australia membership.

Sofie Barlas

Finance Officer